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Costumes of America. Philadelphia: C.G. Henderson & Co., 1852. Sq. 24mo (14.5 cm, 5.75"). 96 pp.; illus. (many colored). $225.00
The people selected for inclusion in this costume book for children are => predominantly indigenous Americans: Tupinambas, Quechuas, Botocoudos, Coroados, Charruas, Patagonias, Eskimo, and North American Indians; but also Gauchos, Colombians, Peruvians, Chileans, and Haitians.
The illustrations are => wood engravings, many of which are hand-colored — though in a very heavy-handed and not sophisticated way; and the text has a good deal to say about the subjects' customs and character as well as their costumes.
This work should not be confused with Uriah James' work of the same title, also published in 1852. There are interesting advertisements at the end, most also hand-colored.
Binding: Publisher's green cloth in imitation of straight-grain leather, vignette in gilt on front cover and in blind on rear, blind-embossed border on boards
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Bound as above, pine sunned, extremities showing minor rubbing. A handful of small spots of light foxing, pages otherwise clean. Very good. (39286) Please RESHELVE This.
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